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Beef Empire Days 2012

Beef Empire Days celebrates an industry that has a long history of contributing to the economic well-being of southwest Kansas while providing quality beef to the state, the nation and the world. Salute the beef industry with events that will entertain young and old alike, from parades to the PRCA rodeo.

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McCracken offering up laughs as rodeo clown Audio file with this story

Published 6/8/2012

By ANGIE HAFLICH

ahaflich@gctelegram.com

When Dale McCracken gets into his makeup — clown makeup, that is — he becomes a whole different person.

He entertains crowds at rodeos across the country with the variety of characters he portrays, and will be doing the same tonight and Saturday night ...

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Beef Empire Days parade to 'Make Mine Beef' Audio file with this story

Published 5/29/2012

By JOSEPH JACKMOVICH

jjackmovich@gctelegram.com

With the annual Beef Empire Days celebration about to begin, coming along with it will be its signature parade.

The 2012 Black Hills Energy Beef Empire Days Parade will take place at 10:30 a.m. June 9, with this year's theme of "Make Mine Beef." T ...

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Beef Empire Days 2012 entertainment schedule Audio file with this story

Published 5/29/2012

Friday, June 1

* Children's Story Hour and performance by Dan Dan, the Magic Man: 10 a.m. at the Finney County Public Library. This event is free.

Saturday, June 2

* High Plains Public Radio Children's Parade: 10 a.m. at Stevens Park. This event, free to children 8 and younger, features special ...

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Kansas Beef Endurance Team promotes healthy lifestyles Audio file with this story

Published 5/29/2012

By SHAJIA AHMAD

sahmad@gctelegram.com

Kelly Chanay admits she was never a long distance runner growing up.

The Garden City resident, who played volleyball in college and ran track in high school, said the longest she ran in her early years was a couple of miles at most.

Around the age of 30, C ...

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2012 Beef Empire Days sports schedule

Published 5/29/2012

2012 Beef Empire Days Sporting Events

Saturday, June 2

* Horseshoe tournament: qualifying starts at 9 a.m. and tournament begins at 10 a.m., at the horseshoe pits south of the Big Pool in Finnup Park. Men and women of all ages are welcome. There is a $10 entry fee, with all money returned in pri ...

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Beef Empire Days 2012 industry events Audio file with this story

Published 5/29/2012

Beef Empire Days 2012 industry events schedule

Wednesday, May 30

* Merck Animal Health Live Show: 10 a.m., Live Show judge Dr. Bob Kropp will begin the final judging of the top steers and heifers at the Finney County Fairgrounds. The judge predicts which of the live heifers and steers will produ ...

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A celebration of beef Audio file with this story

Published 5/29/2012

44th annual Beef Empire Days promises something for everyone.

By ANGIE HAFLICH

ahaflich@gctelegram.com

Beef Empire Days is set to kick off on Wednesday, and the 44th annual event promises to be packed full of entertainment, education and excellent cuisine. "Make Mine Beef" is this year's theme ...

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Beef Empire Days 2012 food events Audio file with this story

Published 5/29/2012

Wednesday, May 30

* Roto-Mix Cattlemen's Steak Cookout: 11:30 a.m., Finney County Fairgrounds. The meal is provided by crews from Roto-Mix and served by the Southwest Kansas CattleWomen in the grandstand plaza area. The new Southwest CattleWomen cookbook will be available for purchase throughout Be ...

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Pen riders bring passion for both cattle and horses Audio file with this story

Published 5/29/2012

By RACHAEL GRAY

rgray@gctelegram

When he was 5 years old, Derrick St. Peter had a gray horse named Regis Aire.

"He was basically like my jungle gym. He was my babysitter. Wherever I wanted to go, I rode him," he said.

Not much has changed since those early years. The Ulysses resident still spe ...

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Annual PRCA Rodeo competition coming with Beef Empire Days Audio file with this story

Published 5/29/2012

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

When the 27th Annual Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo breaks out of the chute on June 6 with the slack at the Finney County Fairgrounds Arena, it will start four days of competition that will bring hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls to Garden City in what is a ...

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